Helen Lepalaan

The Estonian born mezzo soprano Helen Lepalaan studied at the Music Academy in Tallinn and at the conservatoires of Amsterdam and Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Helen Lepalaan was engaged for two seasons at Opera Zuid where her leading roles included the title roles in Carmen and Cendrillon and Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia for which she received considerable critical acclaim.

Helen Lepalaan’s performances have also included Maddalena Rigoletto at Opéra Royal de Wallonie and Polina Pique Dame at the National Opera of Estonia,.  Her repertoire includes all the mezzo roles in L’enfant et les sortileges, Pastuchina Jenůfa, Blanche The Gambler (Prokofiev), Suzuki Madama Butterfly, Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, and Dorabella Cosi fan tutte.

Helen Lepalaan made her début at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as CarmelaLa Vida breve (De Falla) with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra under Ed Spanjaard.  Her recent concert engagements have included Verdi Requiem with the Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands and Berlioz Les Nuits d’été with the Netherlands National Youth Orchestra under Ludovic Morlot in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and on tour.  She has also performed internationally as mezzo soloist in Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Bach St John Passion, Arvo Pärt St John Passion, Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and in cantatas by Bach, Handel and Telemann. 

Helen Lepalaan’s appearances at the Festival Classique with the Residentie Orchestra under Neeme Järvi were broadcast by AVRO.  She also gives regular recitals of American, French, Russian and Estonian music. 

Helen Lepalaan’s appearances at the Festival Classique with the Residentie Orchestra under Neeme Järvi were broadcast by AVRO.  She also gives regular recitals of American, French, Russian and Estonian music. 

Helen Lepalaan performed Carmen at the Estonian National Opera and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus with Welsh National Opera which led to an immediate invitation to sing Dorabella Cosi fan tutte. She appeared as Carmen at the Heidenham Opera Festival in Germany. Most recently she sang the role of Sesto in a new production of La Clemenza di Tito at Opera North and the title role in Giulio Cesare at The Estonian National Opera.

                                                                                                                        December 2013

                                                                                                                                           

Sesto / La Clemenza di Tito / Opera North – February 2013

 

“Helen Lepalaan’s Leeds debut, as Sesto, was a revelation of concentrated coloratura and conflicted loyalties.  She is an actress, too: we felt her masculine pain.”

         Opera – Martin Dreyer – April 2013

 

“ . . . Helen Lepalaan brought fervent devotion and a sensitive attention to musical detail to much of Act II. . .”

Bachtrack / Sam Wigglesworth - February 2013

 

“ . . . The infatuated Sesto, interpreted here as a gloomy alienated sociopath, is smoothly and confidently sung by Helen Lepalaan . . .”

Daily Telegraph - Rupert Christiansen – February 2013

 

Carmen (title role) / Opera Zuid

 

“ . . .Carmen’ (title role)  ‘Helen Lepalaan as Carmen is impressive.’ . .”

Brabants Dagblad

 

Rosina / Il barbiere di Siviglia / Opera Zuid

 

“ . . . Helen Lepalaan proves again her class- perfect technique and unique timbre combined with jealous-making presence. . . “

 Trouw

 

“. . .Perfekt stilsicheren Belcantostil’ . . . ‘Makellosen warmtimbrierten Mezzos‘ . . . ’eine der besten Vertreterinnen dieses Fachs’ . . ."

Der Opernfreund

Cendrillon (title role) / Opera Zuid

 

“ . . .‘der grandiösen Mezzosopranistin Helen Lepalaan. . .”

Der Opernfreund

 

 

 

Helen Lepalaan